It took a wild onside kick, but the Cowboys completed an insane 20-point comeback to beat the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon.
Dallas rallied back and kicked a field goal in the final seconds to beat the Falcons 40-39 at AT&T Stadium, winning a game that had more than been written off.
Dallas’ costly early mistakes
The Cowboys couldn’t hold on to the ball in the first quarter.
Dallas fumbled three times in the period — and almost had a fourth, though it was overturned — to fall into a fast 20-point hole, marking the most opening-quarter points they’ve given up since 1985. Dak Prescott lost the ball after taking a hit in the pocket, and both Ezekiel Elliott and tight end Dalton Schultz fumbled to set up Falcons scores.
The Cowboys finally found the end zone in the second quarter after Elliott capped a drive with a one-yard score, and twice more in the third after Prescott ran the ball in twice himself.
While his scores cut the game to just five, the Falcons pushed back fast to seal the deal.
Matt Ryan led an 11-play, 74 yard drive and found receiver Russell Gage for an eight-yard touchdown on the next drive, and then led them down the field again for a field goal to take a 15-point lead midway through the fourth — all but sealing the deal and handing Dallas it’s second-straight loss.
Yet a 10-yard catch from Schultz and third Prescott rushing touchdown brought the game back within two.
Greg Zuerlein’s onside kick
With just less than two minutes remaining, Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein kicked a dribbler of an onside kick that several Falcons players just stared at as it went by, allowing the Cowboys to recover it and keep their hopes alive.
Zuerlein then drilled a 46-yard field goal to give the Cowboys the one-point win.